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Real Jobs Summit Programme:



24 Feb

Time Activity
10:00 – 11:00 Initial gathering (setting the scene)
11:00 – 11:30 Walk to Parliament
11:30 – 12:30 Cry of the Excluded (speak-out)
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:30 – 15:30 The new South Africa, from crisis to collapse (making connections and getting to the root – understanding the crises of our times)
15:30 – 18:00 Commissions



25 Feb

Time Activity
9:00 – 10:00 Finalise Commissions
10:00 – 12:00 Presentation of Commission outcomes
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Strategies for rebuilding peoples power towards a program of action austerity, job losess and mass unemployment
15:00 – Preparation for Budget Day Rally


We will begin with speak-outs from the movements from around the country. We will then break into 5 commissions: 

            1. An economic policy & strategy for decent work & equity
            2. Land & agrarian transformation for food sovereignty & livelihoods
            3. A just transition for overcoming the climate crisis
            4. Housing, services & spatial inequality
            5. Towards comprehensive social security

These outcomes will be presented in the form of a global cafe / gallery walk – where each commission will have two hosts to relay the outcomes to each of the issues addressed to the other commissions.

Each commission will require:

            • The nature of the problem
            • Our answers / solutions
            • Strategies for change

The outcomes of the commissions will be composited into a declaration by the scribes of each of the commissions. This will be presented to government and further participants and popular movements are required to develop a strategy to take it back to their constituencies.

The REAL JOBS SUMMIT is not seen as a once off event but rather as a means to unite society in a militant but peaceful programme of mass action to deal with the jobs and unemployment emergency destroying our communities and our country.

A programme of action will be adopted by the participants of the REAL JOBS SUMMIT, as a means of kick starting a national programme of action predominantly carried out a local level to organise poor communities affected by the scourges of mass unemployment, poverty and inequality. 

An absolutely essential aspect of the REAL JOBS SUMMIT will be the development of alternative strategies at several different levels to address the jobs and unemployment emergency: 

  • Immediate strategies and social action plans to address the suffering of the unemployed;
  • Real job creation strategies, especially in the areas of meeting basic needs (housing, early learning, food production;) climate jobs, creating rural livelihoods;
  • education, training and skills programme for redeveloping artisanal workers;
  • alternative economic development policies, especially alternative financing plans that underpin a mass job creation strategy;